GEMS Modern Academy, Dubai

GEMS Modern Academy, Dubai

About GEMS Modern Academy, Dubai

GEMS Modern Academy has been associated with the Council of Indian School Certificate Examination, also known as CISCE, based in New Delhi, GEMS Modern Academy first opened its doors in 1986. This establishment ranks amongst the premier Indian syllabus-based schools in Dubai, implementing the CISCE syllabus. Furthermore, the institution presents the opportunity for students in Year 11 and Year 12 to undertake the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP).

Providing co-educational facilities for all grades, the academy is bestowed with the 'Outstanding' accreditation from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Its humble beginnings in Al Karama saw an initial intake of 200 pupils. However, due to rapid growth, it has since migrated to Al Safa and Nad Al Sheba. The premises are expansive, featuring top-tier amenities designed to meet the diverse needs of their learners. The academy has more than 3,800 students, of which a considerable portion is of Indian nationality. Furthermore, the academy extends special educational needs support to more than 360 students and employs a faculty which is inclusive of 234 teachers along with 72 assistants. With this, the teacher-to-student ratio at GEMS stands at 1:16.

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In Brief

School Details

Grading System at GEMS Modern Academy, Dubai

GEMS Modern Academy is an esteemed institution offering a wide spectrum of education from Kindergarten to Grade 12.


Grades Covered

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Pre-KG to Grade 5

Middle Years Programme (MYP)

Grade 6 to Grade 10

IB Diploma Programme (IBDP)

Grade 11 and Grade 12

GEMS Modern Academy Syllabus

As per the Ministry of Education in Dubai, UAE, the GEMS Modern Academy is known for its dedication to delivering education following the CISCE syllabus. GEMS Modern Academy operates on a day-boarding system, including morning academic sessions. 

Kindergarten (PRE-KG TO KG 2)

The GEMS Modern Academy comprises Pre-Kindergarten and KG 2. The syllabus at GEMS Modern Academy is constructed thoughtfully, as per today's rapidly evolving world. The syllabus emphasises seven important learning areas to address the developmental needs of children between 3-5 years. These areas align closely with those specified in the EYFS framework and are taught through practices rooted in the Reggio Emilia Pedagogy and Montessori principles of child holistic development. 

The syllabus employs play-based activities and other apt learning methodologies to enrich students' learning experiences. These activities aim to foster a spirit of teamwork and collaboration and to develop essential life-long social skills.

The school adheres to the Kindergarten Activities for Syllabus Enrichment (KACE) for the all-round development of its young learners. This programme embodies the principles of Discipline, Dedication, and Determination - collectively called the '3Ds'. It aims to seek and hone students' skills and provide a platform for them to showcase their abilities in a range of sports activities. 

Primary School (GRADE 1st TO GRADE 5th)

In contrast to Kindergarten, the syllabus of primary classes at GEMS Modern Academy introduces the right combination of structured and learning approaches.

Unlike many other establishments, GEMS Modern Academy provides its primary pupils with a nurturing environment facilitated by warm-hearted and professional teachers skilled in catering to the needs of children aged between 5 to 10. The teaching faculty ensures each student receives personalised attention. For this, vibrant classrooms are created with an inviting atmosphere conducive to learning. An array of carefully planned events and activities adds zest to school life. The main subjects covered in the primary school syllabus include Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, English, Hindi and French,  among other languages.

In Years 1 and 2, the GEMS Modern Academy employs an experiential learning style, while from Year 3 onwards, it adopts a concept-driven approach. The teachers at the academy manage the primary students in a manner that encourages the development of positive personality traits. From interpersonal to communicative skills, all are imparted in a secure and nurturing environment.

The particular framework empowers the academy to:

  • Cultivate a global relevance for all pupils across all cultures.
  • Furnish opportunities to investigate the human experience commonalities by students.
  • Adapt and apply concepts from conventional subjects in ways that transcend subject boundaries.
  • Revise and improve the syllabus throughout the schooling time.
  • Put up to the shared syllabus foundations of all schools implementing the PYP model.

The PYP framework is based on six principal themes:

  • Understanding our identities.
  • Appreciating our place and role in the annals of time.
  • Expressing ourselves creatively and diversely.
  • Comprehending the workings of the world.
  • Organising ourselves efficiently.
  • Living as responsible inhabitants on Earth. 

Middle School (GRADES 6th – 8th)

GEMS Modern Academy recognises the importance of nurturing self-identity among the pupils. Therefore, it adopts a well-rounded syllabus that centres on advancing academic capabilities and cultivating interpersonal skills crucial for students' social and personal growth.

The middle school syllabus at GEMS Modern Academy incorporates a wide spectrum of activities and club participation for students. The engagements aid students in identifying their areas of interest. At GEMS Modern Academy, supportive guidance is provided by the leadership team in every conceivable manner. Other initiatives towards comprehensive student development comprise the peer mentorship scheme.

Including a challenging project based on the syllabus fosters a sense of reasoning among the pupils, paving the way for a more profound comprehension of complicated subjects. As pupils progress to secondary school at GEMS Modern Academy, they encounter a slightly more intricate syllabus as science and social studies programs are split into subjects like Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Economics, and Civics. In addition to Arabic, English and Mathematics, world languages also become a mandatory component for secondary division students.

For ICSE (GRADES 9th AND GRADE 10th) – Subject Option

Students in Grades 9 & 10 must take at least six subjects. According to UAE’s Ministry of Education standards, Arabic is crucial for students up to Grade 9. However, Islamic education is considered compulsory for the Muslim Students. Amid this, the students are given an option as per which they can select any one stream from commerce or science. 


  • 2nd Language (French, Malayalam or Hindi)
  • Social Studies (Geography, History/Civics)
  • English – Literature and Language


  • Science (Physics, Chemistry & Biology)/Economics
  • Mathematics


Optional Subjects



Physical Education


Economic or Commercial Application

Computer Application

Grades 11th - 12th :



Group 1 


Group 2 

Psychology, Physics, and Accounts

Group 3 

Commerce, Chemistry, History and Computer Science

Group 4 

Computer Science, Biology and Business Studies

Group 5 

Physical Education, Environmental Science and Mathematics

Group 6 

Physical Education, Art, Psychology, Economics and Music

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Students in Grade 11 can enrol in a specially curated bridge programme. This unique initiative has been specifically designed to instil all the essential skills in the students required for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. This student programme is scheduled for April, May and June during Grade 11 - 1st term. It won’t be an understatement to say that this programme acts as a stepping stone for students transitioning into the IB Diploma Programme. This programme is guided by experienced teachers who undergo IB training. Fundamentally, it consists of the following modules: 

  • Data Analysis
  • Critical Thinking
  • Investigative Science
  • Time Management
  • Deconstruct
  • Big Write
  • Lingua Franca
  • Flexi Module
  • Culture of Collaboration
  • Social Quotient
  • Academic Honesty
  • Theory of Knowledge

With the IB Diploma Programme, the students get two pathways of studying. These include Diploma and the Diploma Course. These pathways have been recognised by distinguished universities across the world. 

The Creative and Physical Arts  Department has the elements of Design and Technology, Drama, Music, Art and Design and Physical Education (PE).

For Diploma Candidates, the following conditions must be fulfilled:

  • Apart from the ‘core’ components of the course, the candidates enrolling for the diploma course must choose one subject from each of the six subject groups.
  • For the unversed, the diploma students can choose the 6th subject from either Group 6 or another subject from Groups 3 or 4.
  • To achieve a Diploma, the students must have at least 24 total points and 12 higher-level points.
  • Also, it must be noted that the Diploma students must choose 3 subjects at the Higher Level and 3 at the Standard Level.

The following conditions are important for the candidates pursuing the diploma course: 

  • The candidates pursuing the Diploma Course must be able to choose up to six subjects.
  • Also, relying on the prerequisites, the diploma course students can choose up to 3 higher-level subjects. 
  • After consultation, the students can add core options to their respective subject selections.

Subject Options

The following are included in the Core subjects -

  • Theory of Knowledge
  • Creativity, Action and Service
  • Extended Essay

Group 1 : Language A

  • English A: Studies in Language and Literature (HL/SL)
  • English A: Language and Literature (HL/SL)

Group 2 : Acquisition Language

  • Arabic B (SL)
  • Arabic ab initio (SL)
  • Hindi B (SL)
  • French B (SL)
  • French ab initio (SL)
  • Spanish ab initio (SL)

Group 3 : Individuals and Societies

  • Business Management (HL/SL)
  • Economics (HL/SL)
  • Geography (HL/SL)
  • History (HL/SL)
  • Information Technology in a Global Society (HL/SL)
  • Psychology (HL/SL)

Group 4 : Sciences

  • Biology (HL/SL)
  • Chemistry (HL/SL)
  • Computer Science (HL/SL)
  • Environmental Systems and Societies (SL)
  • Physics (HL/SL)
  • Sport, Exercise and Health Science (HL/SL)

Group 5 : Mathematics

  • Mathematical Studies (SL)
  • Mathematics (HL/SL)

Group 6 : The Arts and the Electives

  • Music (HL/SL)
  • Visual Arts (HL/SL)

KHDA Rating

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is fundamentally an organisation backed by the government. It is primarily accountable for overall education quality and growth in Dubai. The role of KHDA is to review private schools and deliver ratings founded on a six-point scale mentioned below.

Here is a comprehensive overview of the GEMS Modern Academy KHDA ratings so far:


KHDA Rating 





Academic Calendar for GEMS Modern Academy, Dubai

The scholastic year here begins in April and concludes in March, mirroring the academic schedule followed by most Indian institutions. 

  • The first term at GEMS Modern Academy begins in April and culminates in July. 
  • In the second term, the teaching recommences by the end of August.
  • The third and final term starts after the conclusion of the winter holidays. 

In case of any questions feel free to contact the administration of the school if you have any questions or if in case you need any information.

Admission and Fees

How to Apply for GEMS Modern Academy, Dubai? A Step-by-Step Process

Before admission, it is advised to explore the school firsthand to observe the surroundings and inspect the school amenities. 

The guardians/parents must complete the online enquiry form to kickstart the application process. Subsequently, they must ensure that all the important documents are properly uploaded. Upon the conclusion of the online registration, parents will be issued a particular serial number. The schedule for the entrance test will be conveyed to the guardians via email. 

Here are the documents that need to be furnished at the time of registration at GEMS Modern Academy:

  • A copy of the child’s visa, along with Emirates ID and passport 
  • A copy of the parent’s visa, passport, and Emirates ID
  • A single copy of the child’s birth certificate (English/Arabic)
  • Two recently clicked passport-size photographs of the child
  • Two years of school reports 
  • For overseas students, the original Emirates ID (of both the parents and the child)
  • The transfer certificate - is required during enrolment
  • The Ministry of Education must attest to the transfer certificate of students from other Emirates except Dubai.
  • The Ministry of Education must also attest to the transfer certificate for students from GCC Countries. 
  • For students of Indian origin, the Transfer Certificate must be attested by the Zone/District/Area Education Officer. Also, the signature, as well as the seal of the Education Officer, has to be given a verification check by the Indian Consulate in Dubai as well as the UAE Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Note: Attestation is not required for students transferring from schools in the UK, US, Canada, Australia or Europe.







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Grade 1


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Grade 3




Grade 4




Grade 5




Grade 6




Grade 7




Grade 8




Grade 9




Grade 10




Grade 11




Grade 12




The age placement criteria for admissions at GEMS Modern Academy Dubai are determined based on the student's age as of March 31 (for schools starting in April) and August 31 (for schools starting in September).

NOTE: This policy aims to support students moving from educational systems that admit students at a younger age

GEMS Modern Academy Dubai School Fees Structure

The GEMS Modern Academy Dubai fee structure for 2023-24 is in the table below. To know more about it, you can visit the official website





KG1 and KG2


Grades 1 and 2


Grades 3 and 4


Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8


Grades 9 and 10


Grades 11 and 12


Grade 11 (IB)


Grade 12 (IB)


Breakdown of Additional Fees



School Diary


ID Card


Board Registration Fee


Exam fee (Grade 10 and Grade 12)


The information provided in KHDA's fee fact sheet determines the additional fees mentioned.

  • Re-registration Fee : AED 500
  • Optional RFID Fee (Annually) : AED 100

Sibbling Discount

The following are the discounts for siblings: 



3rd Child


4th Child


5th Child


Scholarship Opportunities Offered at GEMS Modern Academy, Dubai

GEMS Modern Academy extends a primarily merit-based aimed at honouring students who demonstrate outstanding achievement in Academics, Sports, Innovation & Digital Technology, etc. These scholarships are given annually and are only applicable for one academic year. For continuation, a candidate may reapply based on their academic progression throughout the year. Parents are invited to complete the online application form to pursue a GEMS Scholarship.

School Facilities

Lunch Facility at GEMS Modern Academy in Dubai

The students can have lunch at the school’s in-house cafeteria. The canteen at the academy offers lip-smacking food and beverages.

Transportation Facility at GEMS Modern Academy, Dubai

The school management has multiple buses. 






Dubai Silicon Oasis, International City, Liwan, Nad Al Sheba, Ras Al Khor, Rashidiya, Sky Courts, The Villa





Al Quoz, Al Safa, Al Shaab, Bur Dubai, Business Bay, Deira, Downtown, Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah 2, Jumeirah 3, Karama, Satwa, Trade Centre





Al Garhoud, Al Qusais, Arabian Ranches, Jumeirah Village Circle, Jumeirah Village Triangle, Mirdif, Motor City, Sports City





Al Barsha 1, Al Barsha 2, Al Barsha 3, The Greens, Tecom, The Lakes, Umm Suqeim 1, Umm Suqeim 2, Umm Suqeim 3, Sharjah





Akoya, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Investment Park 1, Dubai Investment Park 2, Dubai Marina, Emirates Hills, Jebel Ali, Jebel Ali Gardens, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Jumeirah Park, Meadows, Palm Jumeirah, Springs, The Gardens





Following are the costs of the GEMS Modern Academy Nursery:






Al Safa, Al Shaab, Bur Dubai, Business Bay, Deira, Downtown, Dubai Silicon Oasis, International City, Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah 2, Jumeirah 3, Karama, Nad Al Sheba, Ras Al Khor, Rashidiya, Satwa, Sky Courts, The Villa, Trade Centre





Al Garhoud, Al Qusais, Al Quoz, Arabian Ranches, Jumeirah Village Circle, Jumeirah Village Triangle, Mirdif, Motor City, Remraam, Sports City





Al Barsha 1, Al Barsha 2, Al Barsha 3, Al Sufouh, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Investment Park 1, Dubai Investment Park 2, Dubai Marina, Jebel Ali, Jebel Ali Gardens, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Jumeirah Park, Meadows, Palm Jumeirah, Springs, Tecom, The Gardens, The Greens, Umm Suqeim 1, Umm Suqeim 2, Umm Suqeim 3, Sharjah





Summer Holiday Camps at GEMS Modern Academy in Dubai

The GEMS Modern Academy keeps organising holiday camps at regular timeframes considering the children's holistic growth. 

Sports Facilities at GEMS Modern Academy in Dubai

The sports facilities at GEMS Modern Academy are designed to support sports education while encouraging the overall development of students as future national and international champions. Some popular sports facilities here include cricket, football, basketball, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, etc.

Extra Curricular Activities at GEMS Modern Academy Dubai

GEMS Modern Academy underscores the significance of holistic education by promoting a broad spectrum of activities. Evidence of this commitment is reflected in the school's mandate for each student to partake.

For instance, the Accelerator programme here aims to invigorate students, nurturing their inventive capabilities and sharpening their skills in problem-solving. The students from Grades 6 to 9 must participate in these extra-curricular activities on Sundays and Wednesdays. Meanwhile, students in Grades 10 and above can participate in extracurricular activities on Mondays and Thursdays.

Excursions at GEMS Modern Academy

GEMS Modern Academy organises a multitude of excursions. These include both local and international trips. As a member of the prestigious GEMS Education Group, GEMS Modern Academy frequently participates in student exchange programmes, sending pupils to international institutions.

Post-school Activities

After-school services for kindergarten pupils, are not provided at GEMS Modern Academy. However, primary and older pupils participate in after-school activities twice weekly, from 2 to 4 pm. Additional after-school programmes are offered during the same time slot, all paid for. 

Healthcare Facilities at GEMS Modern Academy

GEMS Modern Academy houses two on-campus clinics, one for primary and another for secondary students, staffed by professional nurses. They are equipped with basic medications ensuring prompt response in case of emergencies.

Contact Details

  • Phone Number: +971-4-326-3339
  • E-mail ID:
  • Website: 
  • Fax Number: +971-4-8821849
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What are the specific hours or time slots during which the school operates?

For KG1 to KG2, the school operates from Sunday-Thursday and the timings are 9 am – 12:55 pm.

For Grade 1-Grade 12, the school operates from Sunday-Thursday from 7:40 am – 2:05 pm. 

For the IB syllabus, the timings are 7:40 am – 2:55 pm on all days of the week except Friday.

2. Does the school organises extracurricular activities after regular school hours?

Yes, the school offers amazing activities that happen after school hours.

3. What is the total number of grade levels or academic years present within the school?

The GEMS Modern Academy grade system comprises Pre-KG to 12th grade. 

4. Does GEMS Modern Academy, Dubai adhere to a co-educational education model?

Yes, GEMS Modern Academy follows a co-educational model. It means both boys and girls study and learn together at every stage. The academy has been divided into 3 stages. These are Pre KG – KG2, Grade 1- Grade 10, and Grade 11 (IB) – Grade 12 (IB). 

5. What is the current enrollment count of students in the school? Furthermore, how many different nationalities are currently represented among the student body?

The total strength of students at GEMS Modern Academy is 3800 students.

6. Does GEMS Modern Academy Dubai offer specialised education programs or tailored learning plans for students with diverse learning needs or abilities?

The GEMS Modern Academy Dubai is committed to supporting special students fully. The education institution strictly follows Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework (2017). 

7. What is the format of the academic calendar of GEMS Modern Academy?

The academic calendar of the school begins in April and culminates in March. 

8. What is the range of tuition fees charged by GEMS Modern Academy, Dubai?

The tuition fee for GEMS Modern Academy ranges between AED 29,000 – AED 70,000 (approximately). 

9. In what manner does the school engage in communication with parents?

The Modern Gems Academy regularly hosts council meetings with parents and has 100+ parents involved. 

10. Does the school have a cafeteria or canteen facility available within the campus?

Yes, the school has a canteen which provides meals for students.  

11. At what frequency does the school organise field trips?

At GEMS Modern Academy, the students get to go on field trips every year. These trips include both national and international countries. 

12. Does the school host holiday camps during winter, spring, or summer breaks?

Yes, GEMS Modern Academy in Dubai organises sports-related summer camps on an annual basis.

13. What is the current number of teachers employed at the school?

The GEMS Modern Academy has a faculty of 230 teachers, along with 70 assistants.

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